After two years of work, worry, sleepless nights, working weekends, and determination, The Chapman Files are created, packaged and starting to arrive. In two days, on Friday, August 20, the official celebration begins as we launch a three month international blog tour. We’ve got more than fifty stops scheduled! I really really hope you all will join me on this venture. It’s a scary world out there! We’re going to be giving away books at many of the blog stops. And each month we’ll be giving away an item from that month’s featured Chapman File. I’ll be giving clues to the item all month on the tour. Anyone who guesses the item will be entered in the drawing to win the item. At the end of the tour we’ll be awarding prizes for all kinds of fun things, like a prize goes to the person who commented on the most blogs. The reader who makes the funniest comment, etc.
The First Stop On The Tour: 8/20/2010 http://community.eharlequin.com/content/harlequin-superromance-group-author-blog Harlequin Superromance Authors Blog
Stop Two: 8/23/2010 http://writesthoughts.blogspot.com/ Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My! This is a great site! Stormi Johnson has a lot of great reviews, free giveaways. This is the place to find all things of interest to readers and book lovers.
Stop Three: 8/23/2010 http://community.eharlequin.com/content/harlequin-superromance-group-author-blog Harlequin Superromance Authors Blog
For a weekly schedule and daily updates visit www.tarataylorquinn.com. The schedule is right on the front page.
We’re still adding blog tour spots to the schedule. If anyone knows of a blog spot that wants to be included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This isn’t all about fun, though. Over the next three months, Kelly Chapman and I are raising money for Strengthen our Sisters, the nation’s first battered women’s shelter. A couple of years ago I wrote a novella based on the life and work of Sandra Ramos, the shelter’s founder. Sandra currently has ten houses, all filled to capacity. In these hard times, she’s lost $400,000.00 in donated funds and is fighting desperately not to turn women and children out onto the street. She’s working from just past dawn until three in the morning most days to raise money and provide children’s services and job training and legal help for these battered women. The women at Strengthen Our Sisters need any help we can give them.
The heroine in The First Wife realizes that she is a victim of domestic abuse. Domestic Abuse does not just come in the form of bruises and broken bones. It’s not always that obvious. But it is always debilitating. It is up to us, as women, to strengthen our own sisters who are in trouble, to help them see that they don’t have to live lives bound by fear or anger or manipulation. We might not have the biceps and triceps to equal our brothers’ but we are NOT the weaker sex. When we join hands and spread our love around we can do anything. Fight anything. Beat anything. Love conquers all. I write about that. And I really beleive it.
Those of us who have been victims, at any time in our lives, have no reason to be ashamed or to live in shame. Nor do we have to live alone in the dark with the pain. To the contrary, we are to be honored and adored. To live with the sun on our faces. We deserve that. All living creatures deserve that.
The blog tour is going to end with a big bash in Phoenix on December 4th, a launch party, charity event, to celebrate the launch of The Fourth Victim, and to celebrate the strength of a world that cares about, that cherishes, all that is woman. A world that strengthens our sisters. We’re giving away 200 autographed books at the party. All attendees are being asked to donate a minimum of $2 at the door. We’ll also be announcing all of the winners of prizes from the blog tour. The party is going to be broadcast live on www.eharlequin.com so you all can attend! Anyone who can make it to Phoenix is welcome to attend the party there!
So, the time has come. To quote an editor of mine, if we can touch just one life with all of this, our work was worth the effort. Happy Reading everyone. Read the Books. Live the Life. Please come see me on Friday!